- The popular hands-on video game extravaganza opens today, with a special adults-only Gaming Lates to mark its return;
- After five successful seasons, Power Up returns permanently to the Science Museum;
- Visitors from ages 5+ can experience the evolution of gaming over the last five decades - turning their hand to classics such as Pong and Mario Kart or trying the latest in VR and taking up the controllers to the newest PlayStation and Xbox;
- The Power Up annual pass gives visitors unlimited access to over 160 consoles.
Ticketed, day passes: £10, annual passes: £15
For ages 5+
After five successful seasons, interactive gaming extravaganza Power Up is back permanently at the Science Museum. Power Up visitors can get hands-on with some of the very best video games and consoles of the past five decades in this action-packed experience.
With over 160 consoles and hundreds of games available all year long, visitors of all ages and experience can undertake a journey through the history of gaming, from the Atari 2600 to the PlayStation 5. Families can join the racetrack in Mario Kart; parents and grandparents alike can show off their classic arcade skills with Pong and Pac-Man; while young people can challenge their friends and family to their own favourites like Fortnite. Friends and partners can get competitive, besting each other and fellow gamers in multiplayer Super Smash Bros or create their own fantasy dream team for ultimate victory in FIFA.
Mark Cutmore, Head of Commercial Experiences at the Science Museum Group, said: ‘We are incredibly excited to give Power Up, one of our most popular experiences, a permanent home at the Science Museum. Video games transcend age and skill level: we truly have something on offer for everyone, from intergenerational classics to the latest releases by up-and-coming developers. Power Up is an opportunity to explore the history of gaming first-hand. Its permanent return at the Science Museum showcases the UK’s thriving games industry and will help inspire future games makers.’
Inside Power Up, visitors can navigate between 20 themes and sections. They can pick from their favourite franchise-centred games from Disney to LEGO, jump from a generation of Mario, Sonic or Zelda to the next, or challenge friends and fellow gamers to Street Fighter IV competitions and driving races in Gran Turismo.
A fun-packed physical games area allows fans to (re)discover iconic games like Wii Sport, get active with Kinect games, explore the future of gaming through VR experiences, or strum on Guitar Hero and do a spot of Sega Bass Fishing.
A dedicated PC area features family favourites including Minecraft and classics like Monkey Island 2. Gamers can battle it out in Splatoon or test their sports skills with Madden NFL 2003 in the multiplayer zone, while 16 players can test their skills together in an action-packed multiplayer Halo 3 tournament, joining the same game on Xbox 360.
Accompanying information throughout Power Up explores the science behind gaming, and a timeline wall illuminates iconic developments in gaming, enriching the learning experience. In its largest iteration at the Science Museum, the timeline of key consoles and games starts in the 1970s with the Binatone TV Master, and follows the evolution of game design and story-telling all the way up to the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox One.
Power Up also spotlights the future of gaming. BAFTA Young Game Designers award-winners from the past five years have their games on exclusive display alongside a selection of this year’s winning games, all ready to be played. These annual awards are open to children and young people in the UK, and the BAFTA award showcase area in Power Up will be updated each year to welcome award-winning new games.
The opening of Power Up’s permanent home is celebrated today with the return of Gaming Lates. This special edition of the popular adults-only, after-hours Science Museum event features themed talks, playful workshops and fun-packed activities exploring the science of gaming and how play has the power to change minds, improve wellbeing and boost your brain. Visitors can enjoy discounted entry to Power Up, as well as explore the usual Lates highlights, including the chance to dance the night away under real rockets at our silent disco.
Sensory friendly sessions will give visitors the opportunity to enjoy Power Up in a quieter environment, with an adult-only evening session on Saturday 18 November, and family sessions on Saturdays 23 September and 28 October 2023.
Super fans of Power Up have the chance to return again and again with the introduction of annual passes. For £15, visitors can play as many times as they wish throughout the year. Annual passes make an ideal and unique gift for the gamer in the family to hone their skills and indulge in their favourite digital distractions.
Power Up returns permanently to the Science Museum with support from OMEN and HyperX.
Notes to Editors
Visitors to Power Up can discover the new permanent hands-on gaming experience from today. Day passes are £10, with discounts for school groups and family passes available. Annual passes are £15 and grant unlimited entry to Power Up for 12 months. For further information or to book tickets for Power Up, please visit the website.
Power Up is recommended for ages 5+, and all gamers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Thursday 27 July 2023, 18.30-22.00
General admission: free; VIP tickets: £12
To celebrate the permanent return of Power Up to the Science Museum, join us for a journey through the world of gaming with a discounted entry to the gallery on the night. The museum’s interactive Lates workshops and themed talks allow visitors to delve into a variety of topics, from the science of gaming to and how play has the power to change minds, improve wellbeing and boost your brain. Tickets to Power Up should be booked separately, and we recommend booking in advance to guarantee admission. As well as Power Up themed fun, food and drink, don’t miss your chance to dance under real rockets at our silent disco or explore our galleries at night.
About the Science Museum
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About Science Museum Lates
Bringing together a host of themed talks, workshops and activities, Science Museum Lates are free adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the museum throughout the year. Science Museum Lates began in September 2008, and the museum has since hosted over 120 Lates events with themes ranging from sexuality and medicine, zombies and Frankenstein, to space and AI. Find out more about past Science Museum Lates events here.
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